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Staff directory

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 Membership help: 617-391-4010 |

Polly Carpenter FAIA
Director of Public Programs / 617-391-4023

Polly has a background in educational, institutional, and residential design. Prior to opening her own firm in 1997, she gained experience working at architectural firms, large and small, in Boston and New York. Polly has built a career out of her passion for children's design education. She has been involved with Learning By Design for more than 15 years, most recently as the Program Director. She holds a BS in Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Masters of Architecture from Rice University.

Ben Cohen
Managing Director, Finance / 617-391-4003

Ben lives in Dorchester and always gets tortellini alfredo when he goes to "build your own pasta day" at Metro on Congress St. 

Billy Craig
Managing Director, Operations / 617-391-4018

Billy came to the BSA in 2009 as Director of Business Development and ended up taking the operational lead on Build Boston and ABX. He now oversees many BSA and BSA Foundation businesses, including membership, ABX, the gallery, and civic, public, and professional programs. Prior to joining the BSA, he worked at Utile and Machado Silvetti, focusing on the business side of architecture. He began his career in finance and holds an active real estate sales license. Billy lives on the north shore with his wife and two daughters.

Elliya Cutler
Civic Initiatives Program Manager / 617-391-4027

Elliya has always been fascinated by the way people, the natural environment, and the built environment interact in cities. With a BA, summa cum laude, in anthropology and environmental studies from Tufts University, she is thrilled to continue exploring the intersection of people and places in her role at the BSA. Outside of work, Elliya enjoys exploring the city on foot or bike, knitting, gardening, and visiting flea markets.

Susan Green
Committee Engagement and Technology Manager / 617-391-4015

Susan joins the BSA with over ten years experience in communications and office administration. Her background also includes graphic and web design work for Boston area arts organizations. Susan is a photographer and a painter with a degree in fine art and theatre. Susan is fond of Mid-Century design, Fellini films, gardening around her cottage home, live fiddle music, hiking, biking, and Bananas Foster.

Caitlin Hart
Professional Program Manager / 617-391-4026

Fascinated by Boston as a historic and living city, Caitlin is glad to have found her way to the BSA. She holds a BA in Art History from Tufts University and an MFA in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design, which means she loves thinking about the ways in which art and the built environment shape our everyday. Outside of work, Caitlin can often be found taking walks over bridges, ogling old buildings, and reading in the coffee shops of Camberville.

Michael Kuttner
Director of Design / 617-391-4034

A dedicated designer and artist, Michael brings over 10 years of foundation experience to the BSA, with design always being the constant. For the better part of a decade, Michael has worked primarily with community-based organizations in East Africa (interspersed with stints in the NY art scene). Most recently, Michael worked with Gardens for Health International, where he led a community centered design process to create a national nutrition & agriculture curriculum for the country of Rwanda, and served as Development Director. Michael has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a masters from the Pratt Institute of Art & Design. Michael recently returned home to the Boston area, trading in his tent on the farm in Rwanda for an apartment in the South End. In his free time he loves bikes, climbing, live music, and looking at any and all art and design… Thinking of sending me your work? Do it!

Li Lam
Senior Accountant / 617-391-4004

Li works closely with BSA’s Controller to oversee the daily functions of the Accounting Department. She maintains a high standard in ensuring the quality and accuracy of her work, guaranteeing that it complies with the GAAP. Being with BSA for almost 10 years, Li has shown a penchant and fondness for compiling and analyzing data, as well as identifying and determining the How’s and Why’s when errors do occur.  She has a BS from the University of Rhode Island, with a double major in Accounting and in Management Information System. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, as well as playing tennis, hiking, and walking especially for a good cause such as the Jimmy Fund Walk.

Kali Larsson
Continuing Education Coordinator / 617-391-4016

Kali recently moved to Boston from New York and is loving it so far. She joins the BSA having worked as a temp at a variety of Boston-based companies. Kali enjoys walking around town, baking, photography, making jewelry, and the challenge of a difficult Sudoku puzzle.

Renée Loth
Editor, ArchitectureBoston / 617-391-4022

Renée comes to the BSA from a distinguished journalism career, most recently as editor of the editorial pages of the Boston Globe. Currently an op-ed columnist at the Globe, she has frequently written about the issues that animate the architecture/design community. She is a member of the Massachusetts Women's Forum and has twice served as a juror for the Pulitzer prizes in journalism. She got her start as editor of a scrappy advocacy newspaper, The East Boston Community News, and has lived in Boston since her student days at Boston University. She is married to jazz pianist Bert Seager.

Fiona Luis
Deputy Editor, ArchitectureBoston / 617-391-4033

Fiona spent 22 years at The Boston Globe, most recently as head of the Features department. She oversaw a staff of 60, guiding editing and design teams that produced daily and weekly sections. Before that she ran the Living, Food, and Home/Style sections, supervising writers, columnists and critics. She collaborated with photographers and designers to create sections that were recognized with awards from the Society of Newspaper Design.

A native of Malaysia, Fiona continues to favor summer over winter. Some of her earliest memories include traipsing through the ruins of a 16th-century Portuguese fortress and the red granite plinths of an 18th-century Dutch church in her hometown.

Paige McWhorter
Electronic Communications Manager / 617-391-4028

Paige recently graduated summa cum laude from UMass Boston with a bachelor’s in Management/Marketing. She is a southern girl who decides she’s moving back home every time the Boston winter hits, but can’t bring herself to leave the rich architectural history and cobblestone streets. Paige likes to spend her free time creating art, traveling, and collecting vintage books.

Penny Mitchell
Development Director / 617-391-4011

Penny worked for the BSA as membership director for many years before moving to western Colorado. While there, she worked as development director for Rocky Mountain PBS and an economic development organization. Though she enjoyed the beauty of Colorado, she missed the activity and vibrancy of urban life. Penny is thrilled to return to Boston and the BSA Foundation which allows her to share her appreciation for value architecture and design have in our lives. 

John Nunnari 
Executive Director, AIA Massachusetts / 617-901-4685

A long-standing BSA member and active Codes Committee and Government Affairs Committee participant and BSA lobbyist, John worked at HMFH Architects for 15 years, specializing in public school construction. He holds a BA in design studies from Boston Architectural Center and also studied at Temple University and SUNY at Delhi. An avid golfer and skier, you may find him at the annual BSA Golf Tournament. He’s still trying to convince us to hold an annual BSA Ski Tournament, though.

Gretchen Rabinkin AIA
Director of Civic Initiatives​  / 617-391-4024

A licensed architect, Gretchen has long worked with individuals and community organizations to celebrate and improve Boston-area neighborhoods. An experienced educator, she has taught high school through graduate students at many institutions, including the Boston Architectural College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Smith College, and Columbia University.  She holds a Masters in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and is the former Deputy Editor of ArchitectureBoston.

Rachel Reid
Member Engagement Manager 
For friendly membership help call 617-391-4010 or email

Rachel works closely with our Database Manager to assist with BSA/AIA membership inquiries. If you are thinking about joining or you need information about the membership you already have, send her an email or give her a call. If you're in the neighborhood, drop by and say hello!

Maria Salvatierra
Senior Marketing and Communications Manager / 617-391-4019

Maria comes to the BSA from London's Royal Academy of Arts, where she managed the marketing and communications for some of Europe's most prestigious exhibitions and events. Prior to her six years at the RA, she was a founding member of the marketing team for Urbis, the "UK's Centre for Urban Culture," and an advisor for the City of Culture in her native Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Her high praise of Boston and Bostonians is a daily occurrence in the BSA office; she says that she has been made to feel very welcomed and at home in her new city.

Erika Shea
Database Manager 

Prior to joining the BSA, Erika worked for a sustainable land investment firm and other nonprofits and as a swim coach. Her ambitious athletic regime—swimming, running, triathlons—coupled with Erika’s daily database and list-management vitamins keep her and the BSA fit. She holds a BA from Clark University, where she double-majored in philosophy and government international relations. Erika is captivated by historical architecture and historic landscapes, such as the Boston Common and Public Gardens, and she loves being a mom.

Pamela de Oliveira-Smith
Managing Director, Communications
Publisher, ArchitectureBoston / 617-391-4001

Pamela managed strategic communications and creative services teams at Putnam Investments and Progress Software. She provided brand-strategy consultation to nonprofit institutional clients at Minelli, Inc. Pamela has worked at the BSA since 2003 in several key positions related to programming, operations, publishing and communications.

Sheryl Snyder
Executive Manager  / 617-391-4002

Sheryl Snyder focuses on board relations, elected committees, planning, special events and partnering with the Executive Director to keep the BSA and BSA Foundation trains running regularly and on time! As Program Manager for “Overhaul: the 2013-2014 Transportation and Traffic Advisory Lecture Series,” Sheryl contributed to the success of the region’s most comprehensive look at urban-transportation visioning. She enjoys kayaking, camping, fishing, traveling and epic outdoor adventures.

Michael Whelan
Web Content Manager / 617-391-4007

After graduating from Salem State University, Michael freelanced for five years working as a Graphic Design consultant. Before joining the BSA, he worked on a wide variety of projects such as publications, clothing apparel, portraits, caricatures, electronic tradeshows, animated PowerPoints, eBooks, logo design, and web design. He enjoys illustration, graphic novels, video editing, movies, and dog walks.

Eric White
Executive Director / 617-391-4005

A Denison University graduate, Eric was selected in 2000 as one of 30 nonprofit leaders from around the world to participate in the Getty Leadership Institute, focusing on financial, marketing, team-building and strategic planning management. In 2012, Governor Patrick appointed Eric to the Massachusetts Creative Economy Council. In his spare time, he enjoys kayaking, woodturning, gardening and learning about American and world history.